CEO Newsletter | February 2017

Dear EIT Health partners,

Our Specific Grant Agreement (SGA) for 2017 has been signed by EIT, two months earlier than last year! We are now progressing with the PGAs and will be ready to pay the pre-financing to all 2017 activities. You can find the complete SGA and the Business Plan 2017 at this link.

Recently many of us met at the Matchmaking event in Uppsala, as part of the preparations for the BP2018 proposals. More than 80% of the feedback survey respondents expressed their satisfaction with the overall event and opportunities to network. From the comments we see a demand to organize even more matchmaking sessions (we had over 500) and received thoughtful input for future breakout sessions at such events.
I would like to thank the 122 respondents who answered our annual satisfaction survey about the performance and benefits of our organisation. More than 66% of respondents said they are satisfied or very satisfied with the EIT Health partnership. Some 86% confirmed they had made contacts through EIT Health with other partners that they found useful, and 82% said they would recommend EIT Health to a colleague. We will be using the ratings and suggestions contained in the survey responses to continue improving our work with and for you.
You can see an overview of the results here.

"After attracting a capacity crowd of close to 300 participants, the 1-3 February Uppsala Matchmaking event was a first milestone in the preparation of our BP2018."

Sylvie Bove
CEO EIT Health e.V.

Interview: 'WE Health' project seeks to empower women innovators

"WE Health: Empowering Women Entrepreneurship in Health Innovation" is a new strategic project of EIT Health Campus. The project aims at enhancing the participation of women in innovation and entrepreneurship activities, by providing capacity building specifically tailored to women’s needs and by inspiring and supporting them to advance in their professional careers. WE Health also aims at raising awareness of the under-representation of women among health entrepreneurs and at generating new innovative ideas towards a more balanced EIT Health Community.

In an interview about the project, one of the organisers, Magda Rosenmöller of IESE Business School (pictured above), discusses the challenges that led to the initiation of the project and explains how it will be carried out. The following is an excerpt from the interview, which you can read in-full online.

Q:  Why do you feel the need to create a project to help women succeed in healthcare innovation? Why is this project important for EIT Health?

A: Women play a key role in healthcare, and comprise approximately 70% of the medical and health services workforce, but only 4% of healthcare companies have women CEOs! Women’s better understanding of the caring aspects and a difference in their creative approach mean there are certainly valuable contributions they could make.

About this time last year, an EIT Health Campus Ideation Event was organised at IESE Business School in Barcelona. Helen Ward, Professor of Public Health from Imperial College, introduced the idea of Women’s Entrepreneurship, and this was taken up by an enthusiastic and motivated group of EIT Health partners who started working on ways to make it happen. ...

Read the full interview here.

Campus announces Summer Schools and Short Courses for 2017

EIT Health Campus has selected the 2017 Summer Schools and Short Courses. In its second year, the Campus Summer Schools and Short Courses offer top learners unique opportunities to deepen their understanding of especially relevant areas within the health and healthcare industry. These programmes build on the broad expertise among our partners and attract the most talented students in Europe with the aim of investing in their future.
Summer Schools 2017
Bridging innovation, didactics, faculty, students and enterprise
Lead Partner: University of Copenhagen
EIT Health/ACM Summer School on User-Centered Design of e-Health and m-Health Systems
Lead Partner: Trinity College
A Summer School on Digital Innovation in Diabetes Care
Lead Partner: Medical University of Lodz
Big Data for Healthy Living
Lead Partner: Université Grenoble Alpes
European Summer School for Innovation in Chronic Disease Intervention
Lead Partner: Heidelberg University

Short Courses 2017
Digital Hospital Transformation
Lead Partner: GE Hungary
Digitising Home-Based Health Care – empowering patients for self-management of health
Lead Partner: Technical University Munich

Read detailed descriptions of these courses here.

Entrepreneurs are urged to apply now for Accelerator support in 2017

The Accelerator pillar has just published its “Invitation for Programme Participation 2017” explaining how entrepreneurs with good ideas for healthcare innovation can take advantage of Accelerator support.

With the goal of encouraging an entrepreneurial approach to healthcare innovation, Accelerator has several activity lines designed to support startups and their founders as they make the journey from having a good idea to achieving commercial success with an innovative product: INCUBATE! activities focus on helping innovators develop business plans for their ideas and build other key skills. VALIDATE! activities are geared toward expert coaching that can help growing enterprises to navigate the funding and regulatory environment. SCALE! activities help innovative healthcare firms to scale up and scale out as they build on initial successes to develop sustainable companies.

This year’s support from the Accelerator includes a continuation of the LaunchLab. One participant in the LaunchLab in 2016, Somnox, remembers: “We needed contacts within sleep disorder centers,” said Julian Jagtenberg, a Somnox co-founder. “EIT Health put us in contact with the right people in France, Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands. … Now we have convincing data to prove our assumptions to investors. Without EIT Health, we wouldn’t be where we are now.”


New Innovation Projects in home care and care at home

An illustration of the Neuro Wear project.

EIT Health is supporting 12 new Innovation Projects as of January, and they target four key areas:
  • Early intervention, prevention & altering disease course trajectories
  • Workplace intervention & occupational health
  • Integrated care for chronic diseases
  • Home care and care home
“Home care and care home” projects are focused on improving the lifestyle of patients with chronic conditions by making it easy and safe for them to deal with their medical conditions in their own homes. 

In 2017 EIT Health’s Innovation pillar began giving support to the following projects in the “Home care and care home” category:
  • Neuro Wear: a wearable neurotransmitter that uses transcranial current stimulation (TCS) to help patients suffering from neurological or psychiatric diseases.
  • HOOP: A tool for Parkinson's training and rehabilitation at the patient's home.
  • Therapy Lens: uses the latest augmented reality technology in order to provide virutal support for patients with neurological diseases.

EIT Health Events

02.03.2017, Barcelona, Spain 
WE Health Design Thinking Workshop

06-07.03.2017, Copenhagen, Denmark
Call for Workshop Participation "Prospective Teachers of New Executive Masterclasses in Healthcare Informatics"

07.03.2017, Düsseldorf, Germany
6th BIO.NRW Business Angel Congress

13-14.03.2017, Oxford, UK

22-24.03.2017, Barcelona, Spain
Workshop series for leaders in healthcare

31.03.2017, Online Deadline 31 March:
2017 Call for Applications for Headstart and Proof of Concept Funding

12.04.2017, Online Deadline 12 April:
Calls for Proposals for 2018

31.05.2017-02.06.2017, Copenhagen, Denmark
Digital Health Innovation – a masterclass for industry managers 2

03.06.2017, London, United Kingdom
Health innovation training for key leaders

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